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2013

Mike Logan: From the Super Bowl to the Community

Southchase I have the pleasure of being in the media, although time consuming and stressful, it has tremendous rewards. Mike Logan is a former NFL player that started his playing days in McKeesport, PA and told me he has always had a love for the sport. He was a standout in high school, so much so that he was recruited to play on the collegiate level at West Virginia (Mountaineers). After playing with great intensity, he was drafted to the NFL by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He landed back in Pittsburgh with the Steelers and finished his career with the team he grew up watching. Before retirement, he won a championship with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL (40) over the Seattle Seahawks 21-10 in Detroit.

Aomorishi Now that his playing days are long over, he is giving back, this time as a coach. He currently serves as the special teams coach for USO Football in Pittsburgh, PA. USO stands for three schools, University Preparatory, Sci-Tech and Obama Academy respectively.

Amin’yevo Logan loves being instrumental in molding the minds of young people by teaching the game of football and applying that to life. For instance, he says it it imperative for the players to embrace proper attire on the field that will translate to real world situations like job interviews. Speaking in general about today’s youth, “I see so many young guys with their pants hanging down” he says. “We use football as a venue to teach life’s lessons.”

Logan also believes that coaching is a great tool to help with school work due to the complexity of the sport. Head coach Lou Berry told me that the players embrace Logan’s knowledge of the game and look up to him having played for the NFL. Berry, visually elated about having a Super Bowl champion on his coaching staff, says “not too many people can say that”.

Players Abner Roberts V and Curtis Williams were excited to do interviews with Game Changers about how Logan has helped them both in football and in life. Williams told me that he was helped significantly with school work, while Roberts stressed how the lesson of refraining from misusing social media and learning how to treat women stood out most to him.

I shot video over a course of three days to see Logan’s interaction with the team and I must say, it was magical. In my media career, I have covered 7 Super Bowls and Super Bowl XL was my first. As a native of Pittsburgh, it was a pleasure for it to be my first big assignment. After the game, I was able to interview Mike Logan on how it felt to be from the Pittsburgh area and win a Super Bowl. Logan told me it felt great. In his remarks, he didn’t focus on the personal gratification of winning, yet he payed homage to those who got him to this point in his life. Logan is a true class act and a true Game Changer.

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